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Beyond the White Gloves
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, isn't a new name to those who work in a hospital. But CMS' recent proposal to include the infection on its list of "never events" and figures released recently by the federal government have brought increased media attention to the hospital-acquired infection. And with a new, more drug-resistant strain making its way through our facilities, maybe it's time that we start paying more attention, too. [Read More]
May 8, 2008
Editor's Picks

Greetings, Dr. Robot
Despite the growing number of hospitals using robots to perform certain types of surgery, many healthcare providers remain cautious, looking for more evidence that the technology can really improve patient outcomes. [Read More]

Shining light on a dirty subject
A New Hampshire man has invented a device that uses ultraviolet light to kill C. diff, MRSA, and other infectious diseases. The inventor says the devices will be 10,000 times more effective for killing pathogens than chemical cleaners. [Read More]

Pronovost named to Time's 100 list
Peter Pronovost, MD, the Johns Hopkins University researcher made famous by his checklist study, has been named to Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. Time says that Pronovost may have saved more lives in the past decade that any laboratory scientist. [Read More]

Quality is the engine that drives this system
In this article from Smart Business San Diego, Sharpe HealthCare CEO Mike Murphy explains how a focus on quality has driven his organization to across-the-board success. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Infection numbers unusually low in Georgia counties
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - May 8, 2008

Drug-resistant, sometimes lethal infections rising in Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - May 8, 2008

More who need major surgery are leaving United States
San Francisco Chronicle - May 8, 2008

Giving doctors a checkup
Baltimore Sun - May 8, 2008

Minnesota could regulate nurse-patient ratio
Twin Cities Daily Planet - May 8, 2008

Home monitoring program improves outcomes for heart patients
HealthDay/Washington Post - May 2, 2008

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Faith in the Hospital
In a shifting healthcare world, faith-based systems face a new set of challenges in their quest to stay true to their mission. [Read More]